28 mars 2016

Two-For-One Deal: Killing Boredom with Procrastination

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Lindsay Oden. Procrastination is practically inescapable. We feel drained at the end of a long day, too tired from teaching or coursework to start a seminar paper or polish a chapter in our dissertation; sometimes we need time set aside to do stuff that isn’t grad school related. But hiding in procrastination is another fiend that can sap our productivity and make us feel guilty about not working: boredom. Boredom is typically defined as a state of ennui or a weariness caused by dullness or tedium. But Professor of Educational Sciences Dr. Thomas Götz says he has discovered a new type of boredom: apathetic boredom, which he says is an “especially unpleasant form that resembles learned helplessness or depression…. It was reported by 36% of the students sampled.” Boredom is typically treated like a first-world problem, dismissed as a byproduct of the luxury of free time. And we’re grad students, we don’t have free time! But I think it’s highly probable that many of us succumb to apathetic boredom, that feeling of helplessness or desperation produced by overwhelming circumstances when we procrastinate. Erin Bedford has already laid out some excellent tips about how to overcome procrastination. But how can we overcome both procrastination and boredom. Read more...

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Meltdown and Move On

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Jonathan D. Fitzgerald. A month ago, as the spring semester began to ramp up, I found myself on the edge of a minor meltdown. While attempting to create reading lists and schedules for the two comprehensive exams I’m working on this semester, my second-born—who had just turned nine months—woke up crying three times in the span of an hour. Read more...

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Eat Good Food

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Hanna Peacock. With all the nutrition fads out there, sometimes the idea of just eating good food is forgotten, and healthy, delicious eating becomes horrendously overcomplicated, full of mandatory and forbidden foods, challenging recipes, and expensive ingredients. Read more...

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Public Universities, State Politicians, and You

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy DeWitt Scott. In a number of states across the country, we are witnessing an economic attack on public higher education in the form of reduced funding, attempts to eradicate tenure, and the elimination of certain programs. Read more...

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Take Yourself Out on a Scholar Date

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Heather VanMouwerik. “Are you experiencing burnout?” Katie Shives innocently asked in a recent GradHacker post. I sort of chuckled as I read that question, because burnout is that thing that happens to other graduate students. It is an important component, of course, in understanding graduate student mental health, but it wasn’t something I needed to worry about. Read more...

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What’s Your Research Blind Spot?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Anjali Gopal. If you want to be a “good researcher,” in the hard sciences there are some things you are expected to do across the board: read journal papers, get better at analyzing data, keep an organized lab book (keep an organized everything…), learn to make visually attractive PowerPoint slides, learn to write. Read more...

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Invisible No More

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Natascha Chtena. A while ago, a struggling student (let’s call her Jane) walked into my office to discuss her performance in my German class. Jane was a shy student who rarely participated in class discussion, and her performance on the quizzes and midterm was below average. Read more...

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Give Yourself a Raise

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Emily Roberts. Grad students typically spend a significant portion of their income on groceries and restaurant food; these budget categories are often targeted by graduate students who want to cut back on their spending in favor of reaching other financial goals. Read more...

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The Not-So-Great Debate

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Patrick Bigsby. It is now March, more than a full month after the Iowa Caucuses. The dust has settled and the voters are back to their daily routines. Read more...

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Maximizing Your Mid-Semester Evaluations

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/Screen%20Shot%202011-12-12%20at%2012.29.48%20PM.png?itok=ITDqfJNPBy Anne Guarnera. Congratulations on making it through another half semester! Whether you’re feeling energized about your classes or you’re just slogging through, now is a great time to take a step back and reflect on how things have gone thus far. Read more...

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